Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Two more finishes and I got a new car!

I finally finished another 2017 goal quilt and then a quickie little baby quilt.

I embroidered these blocks sometime in 2016.  Didn't know what I was going to do with them and finally figured it out.  I didn't quilt a lot on this quilt since it will just be a wall hanging.   Plus I didn't want to quilt in the embroidered parts and thought it would look weird to have it heavily quilting all around and the blocks not quilted.

I can't remember the name of the designer of the machine embroidery.  It's all on my old laptop which I'm too lazy to get and turn on and wait for it to load, etc.

I also finished this little quilt.  It was from one of Fat Quarter's Shops sampler boxes.

I used the little 3.5" blocks they supplied and everything else was from my stash.  Even the back.

And the best news of all was that I bought a new car.  Well, the bank still owns it - I will be making payments.  But my little Nissan was not as dependable as I need for my commute to and from work (I drive over 80 miles a day).  Plus I didn't trust it to take me more than that in one sitting.  So after much research and pondering and wondering where I would get the money, I decided to buy a Subaru Forester.

This has enough cargo space for all my sewing stuff for retreats and stuff.  So excited.

Thanks for looking.

Monday, July 24, 2017

A quickie table runner

Well, not so quick if you consider that I did the actual machine embroidery in March.  But I did finish this table runner this past week.

This machine embroidery was done in sections and then each section sewn together matching the 'thread' that unites all the gingerbread men.  This was a pattern by Jana Davidson  through Turnberry Lane patterns called Ginger Garland.  Their sample was burgundy and brown scrappy but I found this gingerbread fabric and thought it was adorable and perfect for this.

I'm working on my Halloween Machine Embroidery blocks now.  Designing as I go.  Should prove to be interesting.

Thanks for looking.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Sister Outdoor Quilt Show

From left to right:  Barbara Sawyer, Elaine Berry, Debbie Van Fossen, me, Diane Mitchell, Janice Minyard & Kathy Morrison
You would think that I would have taken a lot of pictures of the actual show, but I didn't.  On July 2, me and 6 friends headed out from central California and headed to the Portland area.  We stayed there for 2 days and did a little shop hopping in that area and actually looks for a couple barn quilts.

 Of course we visited the Fabric Depot and a few other shops and one of the smallest and most charming quilt stores ever.
Outside the cutest littlest quilt shop ever.

On July 4th we headed to Sisters (stopping at Craft Warehouse on the way) and to an AirBNB house right in Sisters.  Once we settled in, we headed to town to look around.  What a charming city.  So many cute shops.

The next couple days we spent checking out all the quilt stores in the area (there are like 8 of them) and we did the garden tour, and the Black Butte resort had a little quilt show.  And we ate.

We are all part of a bigger group called the Material Girls so we had to take this picture.

A view from one of the houses on the garden tour.  Spectacular!

Black Butte resort quilt show
 And then there was the actual quilt show.  We got there early.  Well my friend Janice got there at 6 am because she wanted to see the show go up.  Then she called the house at 8 am and said get here now - there is parking!  So we got to town about 8:15 and by then most of the quilts were up.

But the thing that amazed me the most, was the view.  Every where you turned, there were snow capped mountains.  Something we don't see too often where I live.

Most of these photos are courtesy of my friends Janice and Diane.  My pictures came out like this.
Kind of became a running joke that week.

Thanks for looking.  Oh and on the quilting front, I have caught up with the Quilt Show's block of the month, and am just finishing up the gingerbread embroidery table runner.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Pre-Sisters Oregon Trip finishes

I would have posted these before I left on my trip to the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show, but my computer took a dive (15 month old Toshiba Satellite - the keyboard stopped working).  I took it to Best Buy to repair - which they couldn't and the warranty expired of course so they game me a wireless keyboard to use.  So much for a convenient laptop to take on trips.

Anyway, here is what I finished before I left on July 2nd.

This is the Fat Quarter Shop 2016/2017 Designer Mystery Quilt.

A little close up of the quilting.

The first block of the 2017/2018 Fat Quarter Shop Designer Mystery.

And this is the president block for our guild's president.  I used an old shirt from our guild that I will never
be able to fit in again.  :(
So on July 2nd, 6 friends and I headed to Sisters Oregon to for the 2017 Sister's Outdoor Show.  Pictures and my thoughts on the show will be the next post hopefully this coming week.

Any recommendations for a laptop?  I can't use a Mac as many of the programs I use are not compatible.

Thanks for looking.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Pineapples, Christmas and Flowers

In January at the Road 2 California quilt show I took Anita Grossman Solomon's two color pineapple quilt.  My friend Janice took the class too and didn't want to start a new quilts so she made a couple of these blocks in the class.  So thanks Janice.  I finally finished it!  Yea!  I love it.  It can either be a Halloween quilt or if you are a San Francisco Giant's fan, it could be a quilt for you.

In binding it, I found a whole section I forgot to quilt.  That has happened before.  Try as you might, you sometimes just miss a spot.

And here are a couple little quilts for gifts or the guild's boutique.  The angel is actually a lap sized quilt - just looks small and the floral quilt is only 23" square.

This was a kit I got at Keepsake Quilting in 2014.
For Father's Day I headed up north to see my dad.  But on Sunday morning I met my husband and his folks and Kelly, Chad and my grandkids in Los Banos (centrally located for all of us).  They are starting a new life in Utah and leave this Tuesday.  So sad they will be so far away but excited for this new adventure.  Jack starts 1st grade next year so they wanted to get him enrolled in time for school.  So it was not only a celebration of Father's day but a goodbye time with the kids.

Jack is into math.  He kept asking me to give him math problems.  

And Dylan is just a sweetie with a great smile.  
And the weekend before I went to the Ronald Reagan Library in Simi Valley.  Took a bus tour there with two friends, Debbie and Elaine.  I really enjoyed it.  They had a great exhibit of Titanic stuff and a cool lapel pin display of all Madison Albright's pins (brooches) which was really interesting.

Thanks for looking.  13 sleeps until 7 of my friends and I head to Sisters Oregon for the Sisters Quilt Show.  So excited.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Bags, bags, bags and boutique items

I went on a mini retreat at a friends house this past weekend.  It was a great time - just 3 of us and very relaxing.  Lots of good food and fellowship.  Her husband is a top-notch barbeque-r.  And I had fun dancing and playing with her granddaughter who was also there.

I got a lot done.  First I finished the 2016/2017 Fat Quarter Shop Designer Mystery quilt top.  It's a very spring like quilt.  Not sure how I want to quilt it.  Hopefully when I pin it tomorrow night something will come to me.

I also got these two boutique item tops done.

I also worked on a couple bags.  The small one on the left I finished before I left, but the other's I made this weekend.  They have a vinyl front so you can see what's in your bag.  It's a pattern called Whatcha Got? from This & That.

I also made this doozy of a bag.  It gave me fits and I would not have been able to do it if I wasn't with Anna.  She has made enough bags to figure out what the directions meant.  There are a lot of parts to it and the naming could have been done a little better.  I made some mistakes and Anna had some solutions so I didn't have to start over.  I really like the bag.  It opens wide like an old fashioned doctor's bag.  I am going to use it as my cosmetic travel bag.  The pattern is called Tool Tote by Quilts Illustrated.

And this little girl was very happy mommy came home.
Tomorrow I pin the quilts above and with that I will have 5 quilts that will be pinned and ready for me to quilt.  I bought a used Koala Cabinet for my sewing room and this will be the first real test to see how I like it.  I finally got the insert but there is still a little lip that I'm hoping won't cause me problems.  We shall see.  I got the table for $200 so I couldn't pass it up.  So if I only use it for a short time, I'm okay with that.

Thanks for looking.  Oh and 30 days until me and 7 friends will be leaving for our adventure to Sister's Oregon for the outdoor Sister's Quilt Show.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

FQS Sew Sampler & Fig Tree & Co Little Box of Fig quilts

So I belong to two surprise boxes, you know you get a box of quilting goodies and you don't know what's inside.  One I get monthly (the Fat Quarter Shop's Sew Sampler) and one quarterly (Fig Tree & Co. Little Box of Fig).  They are so fun to receive - you have no idea what you'll get but so far it's always been wonderful things and they always include fabric and a pattern to use with the fabric.
Here are the boxes.

So the first one is the Fig Tree quarterly box.  I LOVE her fabrics.  I think I have about 5 or 6 of her latest fat quarter packs waiting for just the right pattern to use them in.  But this was the fabric and quilt in the last box.

And here is the quilt from the March 2017 Sew Sampler box.  It's the Alice in Wonderland fabrics.

And while taking pictures, Needle had to get in on the action.

I'm also participating in the Quilt Show's block of the month.  For some reason at the beginning of April I was able to download both April and May's clues so I went ahead and finished both months.

I have to admit that those arcs were a pain in the neck but I really like how they look.  I love this quilt so far.

Now I need to start working on the guild's challenge quilt.  Since I'm the committee chairperson, I better have a quilt to show.  The theme is to pick an iconic song and create a quilt (any size) that represents that song.  Not only will people get to vote on their favorite quilt, but we'll also have a contest to see if people can guess the song by looking at the quilts.